These are my top 5 apps I use for blogging. They make my life easier, they make jobs simpler and quicker. There are so many apps available both on Apple and Android devices, which are your favourite 5? As I use iPhone & iPad these links are for iOS apps.
- Google Analytics – Check your stats any time and any where from your phone. Real time results, its great when not at the computer just to open the app and have a quick glance at how many visitors I have had.
- Buffer for Social Media – Schedule all your posts from one place. It works for Twitter, Facebook and Google+. I can often get lost in social media, spending time tweeting and updating Facebook unnecessarily. Schedule every thing, free up your time to write blog posts.
- Nikon Wireless Mobility Utility – Ok so this app does require an adapter on my camera, called a Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter. When attending blog and press events, I likes to share sneaky pictures with my followers on Instagram. It can be difficult to get a good photo on my phone so I take my Nikon D3200 along, then using this app and the adapter I can transfer my photos from camera direct to my iPhone and use them on my social media.
- WordPress – I never use the app to compose blog posts, but I do use it to moderate comments on the blog. If a blog post has gone live and people are commenting or asking questions, I like to be able to approve genuine comments straight away and reply. It is really important to respond to readers straight away.
- Word Swag – This is an app I have recently fallen in love with. It is not free, but it is under £2.00 and it will be the best £2 you spend if you are not very Photoshop savvy. It is so important for bloggers to up their game with the photos they use on their blog, you want to encourage readers to pin your photos to their Pinterest account. I am sure you have seen all the gorgeous photos with immaculate typography over the top, with this app you can do it yourself.
Here is a little step by step guide of using Word Swag…
A. The home screen, either select to take a picture or use a photograph
B. There is a huge selection of backgrounds within the app that are free to use, I love the bokeh ones. Or select to use a photo from your camera roll.
C. Double click on the image as you can add custom text to appear over the photograph
D. If you are stuck for ideas for text, there is a range of auto quotes and sayings. Once decided, select save & close
E. Now pick a layout, there an amazing selection of fonts and layout, its hard to decide.
F. Done! It applies your text to the image, perfect for blog posts and sharing on your social media channels. Hopefully it will encourage your readers to share your images too.
This way my final image, a great featured image for our holiday to France